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Old 06-18-2012, 4:15 PM
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Can anyone recommend a good book about the 1911 pistol?
Care, history,repair ,modifications ,yada yada yada

I am purchasing a few different versions including the .22 GSG model
and I want to learn these pistols in and out.

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Old 06-18-2012, 4:31 PM
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Google Jerry Kuhnhausen for starters.
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Google Jerry Kuhnhausen for starters.
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For a less technical, more historical perspective: Patrick Sweeney's "1911, The First Hundred Years". There's also quite good profiles on some of the more well known gunsmiths and their preferences/impact on custom work in their respective periods. Of course, there is lots of gun porn.

http://www.amazon.com/1911-The-First.../dp/1440211159
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buy an armorers dvd. it's better than reading
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buy an armorers dvd. it's better than reading
Not correct...OP wrote he wanted to learn about the weapon in and out. You simply cannot do that with a DVD.

If you want to know your gun, how it works, what mods work and don't work and why, how to diagnose and fix 'issues', and do your own repairs...Jerry Kuhnhausen's .45 books (Volume I and II) are what you need.

Later, you'll thank those who recommended them here.

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Combat Customizing the 1911 Auto by Bill Wilson is a great book for custom jobs. If you can find it for cheap, it runs very high on amazon for some reason . I found it for $30.

Nice little hand book for beginners: http://www.midwayusa.com/product/492...by-bill-wilson
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Thanks Gents.
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The history discussed in this book, including the competition side is really great - and the photos are fantastic.

Patrick Sweeney's "1911, The First Hundred Years"

Kuhnhausen is the best for the tech side.
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The history discussed in this book, including the competition side is really great - and the photos are fantastic.

Patrick Sweeney's "1911, The First Hundred Years"
I just found out that anybody with an Amazon Prime account can read the Kindle version for free, as part of the lending library.

http://www.amazon.com/1911-The-First.../dp/B004EEOEKU

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Sweeney's book is coffee table perfection. Amazing photos and info.
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The M1911 Complete Owners Guide by Walt Kuleck
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I just found out that anybody with an Amazon Prime account can read the Kindle version for free, as part of the lending library.

http://www.amazon.com/1911-The-First.../dp/B004EEOEKU

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Why don't you buy it instead of give the author, who spent a lot of time and energy, some money?

Plus - you don't get the uber sexy pictures on your Kindle.
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Here's one for you although I don't know if its available except used, Layne Simpson's The Custom Government Model Pistol. Lot of good reading and pictures.
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the kuleck books are very good.
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Why don't you buy it instead of give the author, who spent a lot of time and energy, some money?

Plus - you don't get the uber sexy pictures on your Kindle.
Actually, you do get the pictures on the Kindle Fire.

Amazon is compensating the publisher/author for my temporary usage of the book - it's part of a "Prime" membership. As well, the publisher had to choose to make that book part of the library; evidently they think it's worthwhile.

I have bought books that I started reading for free. This one? Maybe, maybe not. We'll see.

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